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PERMISSION GRANTED: UK president Dr. David Roselle and the University of Kentucky have been granted an extension to respond to the allegations charged by the NCAA. Kentucky now has until Jan. 30 to make a response.
Former Kentucky 'Cat Larry Conley interested in UK's athletics director position; awards, postseason play come to gridiron 'Cats
Larry Conley, a former member of Rupp's Runts and currently a color commentator for ESPN and the UK Network, indicated he is very much interested in the University of Kentucky's athletics director position.
Cliff Hagan last month resigned from his post which he held for 13 years. Presently, Joe Burch is UK's interim AD.
"I would talk to them," confirmed Conley last Saturday at a Kentucky Associated Press Sports Editors meeting in Lexington.
A six-person screening committee was announced nearly two weeks ago, which is headed by Charles Wethington, chancellor of the institution's community college program and in charge of university relations.
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Senior Bo Smith walked away with five individual honors last Friday (Dec. 9) to highlight the 1988 University of Kentucky football banquet held at the UK Student Center Ballroom.
Smith, a 6-foot-3, 267-pound offensive tackle from Lexington (Henry Clay), earned or shared awards for permanent team captain, most valuable senior, outstanding offensive lineman, senior scholastic award, and the unsung hero. In all, Smith was the only UK player to earn more than one honor at the event.
Before the 1988 season, Smith had not earned a varsity letter primarily due to injuries. Smith did not start his first collegiate contest until All-SEC candidate Mike Pfeifer suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 31-27 loss to Alabama. From that point on, Smith started the remaining six games at right offensive tackle and also added some additional help at left tackle.
Senior linebacker Chris Chenault shared the permanent team captain award with Smith. Another senior, cornerback David
Hard work pays off for Bo Smith
Johnson, also shared honors with Smith as most valuable senior. Both awards were chosen by team members.
Other award winners during the event were place-kicker Ken Willis (Outstanding Kicking Game Award), linebacker Randy Holleran (Outstanding Defensive Back), defensive tackle Oliver Barnett (Outstanding Defensive lineman), tailback Alfred Rawls (Outstanding Offensive Back), quarterback Brad Smith and linebacker Reggie Smith (Outstanding Scout Team Members), and flanker Bill Shehan (Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award).
Former UK player and assistant coach Leeman Bennett was the guest speaker at the annual banquet. Bennett, of course, served as head football coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League during the last 10 years.
Another highlight of the event was a presentation of $12,500 by the Lexington Wildcat Club, a football support group, to
UK head coach Jerry Claiborne. The donation will go to the construction of an indoor football practice facility at UK. The check was presented by Wildcat Club members Jim Rocco and Dale Creech.
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Although the 'Cats didn't finish with a winning season, Jerry Claiborne can walk away from the '88 season knowing that three of his players earned spots on the Associated Press' honorable mention All-American team.
Senior Chris Chenault (linebacker), junior Oliver Barnett (defensive tackle) and sophomore Randy Holleran (linebacker) were honored for their outstanding play this season. Earlier, Holleran was named to the AP's All-SEC first-team while Chenault and Barnett earned second-team conference status.
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Seniors Ivy Joe Hunter and David Johnson will play in the 50th annual Blue Gray All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala., on Dec. 25. Hunter also will play in the 14th annual Japan Bowl at Yokohama, Japan, on Jan. 14.
Hunter, a native of Gainesville, Fla., finished his career in seventh place on the UK record list for yards rushing with 1,687. In '88, Hunter ended up with 451 yards rushing, led UK in receiving with 17 catches for 160 yards and also led the team in kickoff returns (12-272) and all-purpose yards (883).
Johnson, a native of Louisville, ended the 1988 season with 42 tackles at left corner-back. He had one interception (vs. Alabama) and one fumble recovery.
Last year UK sent three players (Mark Higgs, Dermontli Dawson, Jerry Reese) to the Blue-Gray Classic. The last UK representative in the Japan Bowl was safety/punter Paul Calhoun in 1984.